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Ashley Wass, Piano

Teaching Session : Aug. 17 ~ 26

"This is a wonderful release revealing Wass to be eminently at one with the composer and passionately in love with the instrument."

 

Described as an ‘endlessly fascinating artist’, Ashley Wass’s musical career is one of unusual creativity and variety. Alongside his work as soloist and chamber musician, he is co-founder of Mash Productions, was Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival for eleven years and Deputy Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music from 2018-2020, and is now the Director of Music at the Yehudi Menuhin School. The diverse list of people and organisations with whom he has collaborated include film festivals, art galleries and animators, children’s television presenters and stars of the stage and screen, illustrators, literary festivals and renowned authors, and mime artists and comedians.

 

Ashley began playing the piano at the age of five, and studied music at Chetham’s School of Music from age 11. In his teens he studied on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers included Christopher Elton, Maria Curcio and Hamish Milne. His watershed moment came in 1997 when he won the London International Piano Competition (the only British winner this far), a success that led to a recording contract with Naxos, making him the first solo artist to obtain an exclusive deal with the label. His debut recording was a highly praised CD of César Franck piano music, released in 1999. He was also a prizewinner at the Leeds Piano Competition, and is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

 

Ashley has performed at many of the world’s finest concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus. He has performed regularly as soloist with all of the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, RLPO, and Bournemouth Symphony under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle, Osmo Vanska, Donald Runnicles, Ilan Volkov and Vassily Sinaisky.

 

He appeared alongside the likes of Sir Thomas Allen, Mstislav Rostropovich and Angela Gheorghiu in a gala concert at Buckingham Palace to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, a performance broadcast live to millions of viewers around the world. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2008 with Vaughan Williams’ Piano Concerto, and returned in following seasons to perform works by Foulds, Stravinsky, Antheil, and McCabe.

 

Recent highlights have included a debut at the Melbourne Recital Centre, acclaimed performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC NOW, and a tour to South America, as well as an extensive solo recital tour with a programme of music inspired by Shakespeare.

 

Renowned for a broad and eclectic repertoire, Ashley has received great critical acclaim for his recordings of music from a wide range of styles and eras, with glowing reviews of his interpretations of composers such as Liszt, Franck, Beethoven, and Bridge. His survey of Bax’s piano music was nominated for a Gramophone Award and his discography boasts a number of Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ recordings and BBC Music Magazine ‘Choices’.

 

Much in demand as a chamber musician, Ashley is a frequent guest of international festivals such as Pharos (Cyprus), Bath, Ako (Japan), Cheltenham, Kuhmo, Mecklenburg, Gstaad, City of London, and Ravinia and Marlboro in the USA, playing solo recitals and chamber works with musicians such as Mitsuko Uchida, Sarah Chang, Steven Isserlis, Emmanuel Pahud, Maxim Rysanov, Richard Goode and members of the Guarneri Quartet and Beaux Arts Trio. He is also a co-founder of Trio Apaches, alongside the violinist Matthew Trusler and the cellist Thomas Carroll. The group has broadcast frequently on BBC Radio 3, including Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the BBC NOW, and is renowned for its imaginative programming and engaging stage presence.

 

A long-standing collaboration with Matthew Trusler has been particularly rewarding and in 2016 they co-founded Mash Productions, a production company that is focused on realising innovative and ambitious projects. Together they have commissioned over a dozen new works from some of the world’s leading composers, produced a series of musical plays, worked with illustrators and animators to create a number of short films set to music, collaborated with Carl Davis and the Chaplin Foundation on a show about the life and music of Charlie Chaplin, and curated a number of mini-festivals for leading arts organisations around the UK. Their acclaimed series for children - Musical Myths - which combines their own specially written scripts with great pieces of classical music has been toured and performed to thousands of children by orchestras around the UK and Europe, including the Bournemouth Symphony, Opera North, Southbank Sinfonia and the Lahti and Latvian Symphony orchestras.

 

Ashley Wass was the Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival from 2007-2018 and helped develop the festival into one the UK’s leading events of its type, with with sold-out performances of challenging and diverse repertoire, and regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

 

Ashley is the Director of Music at the Yehudi Menuhin School and is a Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music.

阿什莉·沃斯被誉为才华四溢的艺术家,他的音乐生涯拥有不寻常的创造力和多样性。与作为独奏家和室内乐家,他曾担任林肯郡国际室内乐节的艺术总监,从2018 - 2020年她在北方皇家音乐学院担任键盘研究院副院长,现任耶胡迪·梅纽因音乐学院总监。她与各种各样的人和组织合作过,包括电影节、艺术画廊和动画家、儿童电视节目主持人和舞台和屏幕明星、插图画家、文学节和著名作家、哑剧艺术家和喜剧演员。 

 

阿什莉五岁开始弹钢琴,11岁开始在奇瑟姆音乐学院学习音乐。十几岁时,他获得了皇家音乐学院的奖学金,在那里他的老师包括克里斯托弗·埃尔顿、玛丽亚·库尔西奥和哈米什·米尔恩。他的转折点出现在1997年,当时他赢得了伦敦国际钢琴比赛,并成为了迄今为止唯一的英国冠军,这一成功使他与纳索斯公司(Naxos)签订了唱片合约,使他成为首位获得该公司独家签约的独唱艺术家。他的首张唱片是1999年发行的弗兰克钢琴音乐。他同时也是利兹钢琴比赛的获奖者以及前BBC第三电台的新一代艺术家。 

 

阿什莉曾在世界上最好的音乐厅演出,其中包括威格莫尔厅、卡内基音乐厅和维也纳音乐厅、BBC管弦乐团、费城交响乐团、里尔国家交响乐团、维也纳室内乐乐团、斯洛伐克交响乐团、斯洛伐克爱乐乐团、香港爱乐乐团、利物浦皇家爱乐乐团和波恩豪斯交响乐团,还和例如西蒙·拉特、奥斯莫·范斯卡、唐纳德·罗尼科尔、伊兰·沃尔科夫和瓦希里·希那斯基等指挥家合作。 

 

他曾与托马斯·艾伦爵士、罗斯特罗波维奇(Mstislav Rostropovich)和安吉拉·盖奥乔(Angela Gheorghiu)等人在白金汉宫,共同受邀庆祝女王伊丽莎白二世登基50周年的音乐会。这场演出向全世界数百万观众现场直播。2008年他以沃恩·威廉斯《钢琴协奏曲》首次在BBC逍遥音乐节上亮相。 

 

他同特鲁斯勒的长期合作获得了特别的回报,2016年,两人共同创立了Mash Productions公司,一家专注于实现创新和雄心勃勃的艺术项目公司。该公司曾世界上年代著名作曲家,产生一系列的音乐戏剧,曾与插画师和动画师来创建一些短片集音乐,与卡尔·戴维斯和卓别林基金会策划关于卓别林生活与音乐的相关节目,并为英国各地的主要艺术组织策划小型艺术节。他们广受好评的儿童系列《音乐神话》将他们自己特别编写的剧本和伟大的古典音乐作品结合在一起,在英国和欧洲各地的管弦乐团为成千上万的儿童巡回演出,乐团包括伯恩茅斯交响乐团、北方歌剧院、南岸交响乐团,拉赫蒂交响乐团和拉脱维亚交响乐团。 

 

2007年到2018年阿什莉成为林肯郡国际室内乐音乐节的艺术总监,并将该音乐节发展成为英国的主要活动之一,还定期在BBC广播三台播出。阿什莉还是耶胡迪·梅纽因音乐学院的音乐总监,也是英国皇家音乐学院的钢琴教授。 

Prof. Ashley Wass

Teaching Session

IV  Aug. 17 ~ 26

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